KUALA LUMPUR — They posed as senior police officers and claimed they could free a detainee with the right inducement.
Their ruse got blown apart and the duo are now behind bars.
Dang Wangi police chief ACP Sukri Kaman said police were now looking for the duo’s accomplices.
According to police, the suspects had collected RM43,050 from a family to secure the release of a relative in custody for a drug-related offence.
“The two introduced themselves as senior ranking officers from police headquarters and demanded RM50,000 for bail,” Sukri said.
Taken in by the promises, the family made payment in stages by depositing the money into a bank account. But the relative remained in custody.
Sukri said the district commercial crime department nabbed the suspects in Sepang and Nilai on Thursday.
The two men are under remand and the case has been classified as extortion.
Police urge those who know Premantharan Pillai Vijayantharan, 39, and Gobal Raman, 40, or their acquaintances, to come forward to assist into investigations.